So DS who is about to turn 5 needs his tonsils and adenoids out quite urgently. But when he saw the doctor they also did a hearing test including pressure test which showed fluid behind the ears and mild hearing loss. So they want to schedule grommets being put in at the same time.
My issue is he's never had a problem with his hearing or ears before. I had it tested last December by Child Health and they said it was fine. But would they have done a pressure test?
Also he was getting sick (we now know) the day of the test so would a cold have meant he had fluid behind his ears?
His language has always been great, no delays. Lately he does seem to ask us to repeat ourselves a lot though!
I just don't want it done unnecessarily after one test.
Any advice please?
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01-10-2015 18:22 #1
Hearing Pressure Test done as standard by Child Health?
01-10-2015 19:55 #2
Fluid behind the ears doesn't necessarily mean hearing loss or an infection. Fluid can cause hearing loss and speech problems but not to all children. I have 2 daughters that had affected speech and 1 that I didn't even know have problems with her ears until she required her tonsils out.
The grommet is inserted to allow the fluid to drain. If your DS is asking you to repeat yourselves it could just be that the fluid is muffling his hearing, kind of like having water stuck in your ear, this isn't permanent. The grommets is a really simple procedure compared to the tonsils. If you are concerned about having it done, ears are usually worse in colder months and clear in warmer, you could always wait it out to be warmer and see on the day if they are still required?
01-10-2015 20:13 #3
Thank you. We're in QLD so it's not really that cold anyway even in winter! :-)
He'll be anaesthetised anyway for the tonsils of course, so it would make sense to get it done then, but it took me by surprise because I didn't think there was a problem with his ears at all! Now I'm wondering how long it's been going on for!
I'll call child health tomorrow and see if that pressure test would have been done previously. Some I've spoken to think not, because it's a more specialised test than a general hearing test. So perhaps it's been undetected for a while and luckily not affected his speech.
So much to take in!
01-10-2015 20:27 #4Senior Member
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Our GP's don't even do the pressure test. We can only get it done at the hearing clinic.
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01-10-2015 21:15 #5Senior Member
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Can you see an Audiologist? I'd get a second opinion from someone who specialises in hearing.
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01-10-2015 22:08 #6
The only time any of my girls have ever had the pressure test is during their ENT appointment. I don't think doctors or health nurses do it at all.
On the surgery paperwork you can actually add 'and possibly grommets' that way, if the ears still have fluid at the time of surgery then they'll do the grommets, if not then leave them untouched.
02-10-2015 05:42 #7
I would see an audiologist.
My son has fluid build up I his ears that comes and goes. We see an audiologist every three months for a full hearing test. Fluid build up can lead to permanent hearing loss.
We have our next test in a few weeks and grommets will likely be our next step.
DS has perfect speech and has always been well ahead of where he should be. But, we can tell when the fluid is building up again, he struggles to hear, it's awful.
He had a small amount of hearing loss and hopefully it doesn't get any worse.
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02-10-2015 20:23 #8
Yes. He does seem to be finding it hard to hear at times lately.
I just got a date for surgery- 22 October. Adenotonsillectomy plus grommets. But think I will get a full hearing test done somewhere else in the meantime to be sure if the fluid is still there. And then decide whether to do the grommets or not based on that....
02-10-2015 22:29 #9Senior Member
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DS1 (2yo) is having an adenoidectomy and grommets in 2 weeks' time. I hate the thought of it, but also hate his constant ear infections. So far he doesn't seem to have significant hearing loss, but the seemingly constant courses of antibiotics and the ear pain and his resultant grumpiness have just gotten beyond a joke.
DS has had a hearing test but no pressure test. The ENT's recommendation of surgery was based upon how many episodes of otitis media DS has had. (I suspect it's never really cleared up, and all these separate "episodes" are in fact one long ongoing illness.)
I'm told by my GP (and have read from other people's experiences posted online) that the surgery will make a world of difference and DS will be a whole new (happier) boy.
I feel for you having to make the decision- it's a tough one!
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